Volume 85 (2017) Issue 12 Pages 775-778
We herein report an electrical assay for copper(II) (Cu2+) utilizing an organic thin-film transistor (TFT). To endow the metal ion recognition ability, the extended-gate portion in the organic TFT is functionalized by a nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-terminated monolayer. As a result, the device responds selectively to Cu2+ in aqueous media. Importantly, the estimated detection limit for Cu2+ (= 96 ppb) is much lower than environmental standard value of a copper contaminant in drinking water. Its superior processability and portability in the organic device indicate that the proposed assay could be applied for on-site detection of the Cu2+ ion without large-sized equipment.